Premier Boys State...a week to shape a lifetime: each year since 1935, The Illinois Department of The American Legion has conducted a week long learning experience into the democratic form of government, called Premier Boys State. Premier Boys State offers the, more than 800, young men who attend a session annually, an opportunity to learn first hand the inner workings of a political party, and to apply this knowledge in actual practice. We don't guarantee that a young man who attends Premier Boys State will grow up to be successful . . . but we'll give you odds.